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Hur and Song: Effect of Meridian Tendino-musculature Acupuncture on Hemifacial Spasm※

Abstract

Objectives :

Hemifascial spasm is painless uncommon disorder characterised by involuntary paroxysmal movement of one side of face. In this study, the effect of meridian tendino-musculature acupuncture and pharmacopuncture therapy for two patient with hemifascial spasm were evaluated.

Methods :

We treated two patients with meridian tendino-musculature acupuncture and placenta pharmacopuncture therapy in sternocleidomastoid muscle. We evaluated the effect by Scott’s scale and treatment satisfaction.

Results :

Before therapy, the grade of spasm intensity classified by Scott’s description in two cases were 3. After therapy, the Scott’s grade of one case was 0, and another case were 1.

Conclusions :

Meridian tendino-musculature acupuncture and placenta pharmacopuncture therapy in sternocleidomastoid muscle for hemifascial spasm was effective and will be attemped to the patients with it.

Fig. 1.
Grade of spasm intensity classified by Scott’s description in 2 patients
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Table 1.
Grade of Spasm Intensity Classified by Scott’s Description
Grade Description
0 None
1 Increased blinking caused by external stimuli
2 Mild, noticeable fluttering ; not incapacitating
3 Moderate, very noticeable spasm ; mildly incapacitating
4 Severely incapacitating(unable to drive, read, etc.)

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